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Ground Breaking

Reuse, recycle, reduce. We hear these ideas all the time and I tend to think they are good ones. It comes in especially great when someone gives me an old kiln.  That is exactly what happened when the electric kiln that we used for cone 6 glaze firing gave up the ghost at Callanwolde. It’s a good size kiln, much bigger than my electric kiln but I’m not interested in rewiring this one. You may remember I did that with my electric kiln when I installed the kiln sitter (you can read about that here) which I got from another free kiln.

My plan for this kiln is to make it a reduction kiln since that is the look I like best for my pots. I am even considering adding a stoke hole so I can feed some small piece of wood into the kiln for some ash and wood effects.

Before I can start converting it into a gas kiln I need to build a kiln shed. My current kiln room is fine for the electric kiln but it’s too crowded to add flame to the mix. I’m designing a simple lean-to type shed that will have a m…

All Sorts of Red

You may remember my previous post about loading potter Rodger Jamison's wood kiln.  Of course we didn't just load it, firing takes a few days so everyone takes shifts stoking the fire trying to get the heat to rise.  It's a lot of fun because the fire is exciting and between stokes you get to visit and chat with other potters.  I don't think I've ever been part of a firing team where a few visitors didn't stop by.  it's loads of fun.  We drank a bunch of water and snacked on some cookies that Janet made.

Rodger Jamison's Wood kiln by Future Relics Pottery
Rodger Jamison's Kiln
 I got there around 6pm, it was pretty quiet, just a bunch of potters sitting around chatting and watching the fire grow.  Rodger's wife set up a large fan to help keep us cool, it was a welcome friend.

Stoking the anagram kiln by Future Relics Pottery
Stoking the Anagama
 We raised the temperature in the kiln over 200 degrees fahrenheit in six hours.  By midnight it was over 2000 degrees.  Someone should have brought marshmallows to roast.

It stormed there and at home but Rodger's place is very wooded so I didn't see the sunset.  However, back in Atlanta we had the most red sunset that anyone can recall having seen ever.  A double rainbow was seen over the city and photographed extensively.  It was truly awesome.

Janet took this picture through a big oak tree in our yard.

Red Sky at Sunset Atlanta

They say "Red sky at night, sailors delight."  Those sailors must have been ecstatic.

Other Stuff:

21 Red Sky pictures - Atlanta Magazine

Double Rainbows over Atlanta - NPR

Check out the gallery page - Future Relics Gallery by Lori Buff


  1. wow those are some amazing reds, love the one with the lightening.

  2. I do enjoy the camaraderie of wood firing. When firing the NH Potters Guild wood kiln, I always seemed to get the overnight shift. The best part was seeing the sun come up.
    Those red skies and rainbows over Atlanta are amazing photos. I would have loved to have seen that in person.


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